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What if you don’t have a keyboard controller handy when you're ready to record MIDI? No problem. You can use musical typing to play your computer keyboard like a musical keyboard. Simply do the following:

  1. Choose Window→Show Musical Typing or press Command-K.

    The Musical Typing keyboard appears.

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  2. Play the notes on the keyboard by pressing the corresponding keys.

You can do a lot with the musical typing keyboard. Here’s a description of the keys and what they do:

  • You have access to almost an octave and a half by using the middle and top rows of alphabet keys.

  • Sustain the notes you play by holding down the Tab key.

  • Pitch bend down and up by using the 1 and 2 keys.

  • Modulate the software instrument by pressing the 4 through 8 keys. Turn off modulation by pressing 3. The parameter that gets modulated will depend on the selected software instrument.

  • Shift the keyboard octave down or up by pressing Z or X, respectively. To change the octave, drag the blue area in the keyboard at the top of the window.

  • Adjust the velocity of the keyboard down or up by pressing C or V, respectively.

  • Switch between the musical typing keyboard and the onscreen keyboard by clicking the keyboard icon in the upper-left corner of the interface.

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Jeff Strong is a renaissance man with experience in the fields of percussion, woodworking, recording, and neuro-developmental disabilities. He is the director of the Strong Institute—an auditory brain stimulation research organization—and creator of Brain Shift Radio, an interactive brain stimulation music site. He has been a drummer for over 40 years and has released dozens of CDs.

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